And Southern Gospel’s Greatest Song Is….


The voting has ended in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest song.  After starting with over 500 songs from the 1960’s to current, we narrowed it down to the final ten.  After voting finished, the song to win the title of Southern Gospel’s greatest song is Dianne Wilkinson’s, “We Shall See Jesus”.

The Cathedrals first recorded the song on their 1983, Live In Atlanta, recording.  While the song was never a radio single for the group, it went on to become one of the Cathedral’s biggest concert show stoppers.  Glen Payne’s feature made it all the more grand when seeing the song performed live.

Other groups would go on to record (cover) the song after the Cathedrals, but the definitive version would always belong to Glen Payne and the Cathedrals.  Congratulations to Dianne Wilkinson for penning what readers of this blog have deemed Southern Gospel’s greatest song.

Here is the final vote tally:

  1. “We Shall See Jesus” – 126 votes
  2. cathedralquartet1983voicesinpraiseacapellamax“God On The Mountain” – 118 votes
  3. “Sweet Beulah Land” – 116 votes
  4. “Because He Lives” – 103 votes
  5. “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” – 101 votes
  6. “Midnight Cry” – 94 votes
  7. “Til The Storm Passes By” – 94 votes
  8. “The Lighthouse” – 88 votes
  9. “He Touched Me” – 75 votes
  10. “Had It Not Been” – 70 votes

Be on the look out next week as I do a final analysis on the best songs broken down by decade.

*Video Credit (herecalico)

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